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Paranoid schizophrenic who escaped hospital is found on a bus

A paranoid schizophrenic who escaped from a hospital in Tooting has been found. Mark Ricketts went missing from Springfield Hospital on Saturday night.

Mark Ricketts Credit: Metropolitan Police

Mark Ricketts was found by police on a bus in Lewisham early this morning. In 1993, Ricketts stabbed a stranger at a Tube station 20 times with a kitchen knife. His victim survived because the knife bent during the attack.

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Paranoid schizophrenic with history of violence escapes from hospital

A paranoid schizophrenic, with a history of violence, has escaped again from a hospital in Tooting. Mark Ricketts went missing from Springfield Hospital on Saturday night.

Mark Ricketts Credit: Metropolitan Police

In 1993, Ricketts stabbed a stranger at a Tube station 20 times with a kitchen knife. His victim survived because the knife bent during the attack. It's the second time he has escaped. Ten years ago Ricketts vanished from Springfield Hospital while on a day visit from Broadmoor in Berkshire.

Missing London teenager 'may be in Birmingham'

Police are searching for a teenager missing from south London. 17-year-old Monica Saini Singh may have travelled to Peterborough or Birmingham with her boyfriend.

Monica Saini Credit: Metropolitan Police

Monica was last seen on Wednesday, 12 February as she travelled from Sutton to Tooting. She is 5ft 2ins tall, of slim build with very long brown hair.

Anyone with information can call police on 101.

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Royal Mail confirms missing postbox keys in Tooting

Speaking to ITV News, the Royal Mail said:

We can confirm that a small number of postboxes in the Tooting area were sealed after a set of collection keys went missing.

The boxes were cleared of mail before they were sealed so no items were left inside them.

Royal Mail apologises to its customers in Tooting for any inconvenience this may have caused.

We are working to change the locks and reopen the boxes as quickly as possible. In the meantime, customers can use other postboxes in the area or of course drop their mail off at any Post Office branch.

Royal Mail boxes 'were emptied' before being sealed

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@tootingbaby Hi, we are aware of what's happened & we will be reopening the boxes ASAP. Sorry for any inconvenience.

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@tootingbaby Hi, we learnt that the boxes were all emptied before being sealed & the locks are due to be replaced. Our colleagues are...

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@tootingbaby chasing this with our engineering division now. We don't yet have an estimated completion date.

Jail for man caught carrying stun gun

Christopher Broome admitted possessing a prohibited weapon and a knife blade. Credit: British Transport Police.

A man's been jailed after being caught carrying a stun gun, disguised as a mobile phone, at Old Street tube station.

Christopher Broome, 36, of Welham Road in Tooting, also pleaded guilty to possessing a lock knife with a 3.5 inch blade.

He's been sentenced to five years in prison for the stun gun, with a nine month term for the lock knife to run concurrently.

Inspector Brian Drayson from British Transport Police said: “Thanks to the quick actions of the officer who was on patrol at Old Street station, Broome was caught and prosecuted.

“The detection of the stun gun weapon was a particularly good spot and may have been easily missed due to its realistic appearance as a mobile phone.

“I hope Broome’s sentence sends a clear message that BTP takes incidents like this very seriously and anyone caught carrying a weapon on the railway network will be arrested and prosecuted.”

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